Danish Saleem

Danish Saleem


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Danish Saleem is a senior researcher in NREL’s Energy Security and Resilience Center. He tackles complex foundational research problems, technology commercialization, the policy and practice of cybersecurity, and cybersecurity challenges for inverter-based resources. Saleem also led the development of a national cybersecurity certification program for distributed energy resources (DERs). His R&D portfolio ranges from development of next-generation technology and networking for DER communications to the implementation of security by design through public-private partnerships. Saleem chairs the Laboratory Coordination Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and serves as vice chair for an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Working Group for 1547.3, the Guide for Cybersecurity of DERs Interconnected with Electric Power Systems. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University where he received the Real Triumphs Graduates Award (formerly known as Worlds Ahead Graduate award). 

Research Interests

Cybersecurity for energy systems

Cybersecurity for device, network, and applications of distributed energy systems

Cyber resilience of autonomous energy systems

Cybersecurity standards for distributed energy and inverter-based resources

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Senior energy systems cybersecurity researcher, NREL (2022–Present)

Energy systems cybersecurity researcher and project lead, NREL (2020–2022)

Distributed energy resource cybersecurity standards lead, NREL (2018–2019)

Research coordinator, NREL (2017–2018)

Cybersecurity lab manager, NREL (2016–2017)

Research assistant, Florida International University (2016)

Electrical engineer, Descon Power Solutions (2013–2014)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Electrical Engineering, Florida International University

Bachelor, Electrical Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology


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